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Sesame Street
Big Bird listens
(repeat of 2458)
Air date February 8, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Sponsors E, N, 10


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and finds Professor D. Rabbit sitting there, listening. The professor offers to teach Big Bird how to be a super listener, and Big Bird opens his ears. They hear something squeaking, then someone singing. It turns out to be Mr. Macintosh, who wheels the old cart of fresh produce, and stops to give the professor a carrot. The professor remarks, "Some people listen for the ice cream man; I listen for the carrot man!" Big Bird listens as the professor crunches loudly on his carrot.
Song "Paying Attention Song" (Charlie Tyson)
(First: Episode 0934)
Muppets Pageant: How a flower grows
Gladys the Cow stars as a seed. Ernie plays a rain cloud and Herry Monster is the sun, whose attentions cause the seed to bloom into a flower.
(First: Episode 2420)
Cartoon Jazz #10
(First: Episode 0193)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Skeleton fish.
(First: Episode 0287)
Cartoon Various alien creatures perform in an otherwordly music performance conducted by a trumpet-nosed creature.
(First: Episode 1181)

SCENE 2 Bob encounters Big Bird and the Birdketeers sitting on the steps, listening for all the sounds they can hear. They hear a trumpet, a balloon popping, an alarm clock, and the crunching of a carrot. They soon find out that the professor was making all those sounds nearby. He rewards the kids with a carrot for being good listeners.
Cartoon A boy does an addition problem in his head: 5 + 1 = 6.
(First: Episode 0548)
Muppets Kermit and some Anything Muppet kids sing "I Wonder 'Bout the World Above."
Cartoon N is for nose
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1206)
Film Two boys walk though a city neighborhood to some funky break dancing music.
Muppets Waiter Grover: Simon Soundman wants a chicken sandwich, which he orders as a "cluck-cluck" sandwich. Grover has trouble figuring out what his customer wants.
(First: Episode 0449)
Cartoon A man tries to get to sleep, but is woken up by a fly, a chicken and a drum-playing rabbit, all of whom call him on the phone after he throws them out.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0257)
Muppets Anything Muppets (including Farley) shout "E!"
(First: Episode 0408)
Letter E.jpg
Animation E / e (elephant / jazzy trumpet)
(First: Episode 2222)
SCENE 3 Oscar tries to play a prank on Telly with a "pull" sign on a string. Telly has difficulty reading the sign, and the trick backfires on Oscar.
Cartoon Ten Turtles
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
Film Operation Playground: A group of students at P.S. 87 come up with ideas for a new playground, and raise money for the effort. Together with their parents and other people from the neighborhood, they build the playground.
(First: Episode 2360)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "hop" and starts hopping.
(First: Episode 1482)
Cartoon A salesman offers a passerby the letter N for next to nothing.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1804)
Muppets / Celebrity Hoots the Owl names the different kind of musical notes there are, with the help of Wynton Marsalis.
(First: Episode 2205)
Cartoon A snake displays shapes, which are identified in Spanish.
(First: Episode 1584)

Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "The Eating Game", in which plates get to meet foods and take them to dinner. The contestant foods are a fish, an ear of corn and a glass of milk.
(First: Episode 2329)
Song "Beginning, Middle, End"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2556)
SCENE 4 Bob finds Elmo climbing the Sesame Street sign post. Elmo explains that he's been reading all the signs he sees so he can become a good reader. Bob gives him a clue about the sign he's currently trying to read: there are two words in the sign, the first one being "Sesame." Elmo makes some wild guesses about the second word ("Noodle! Pizza! Doorknob!"), but then Bob points it out to him. Elmo really likes the sign, and asks Bob to help him down.
Cartoon A rabbit crosses the STREET, and almost gets run over.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 0778)
Muppets Little Bo Peep shows up at the lost and found, looking for her sheep. The clerk asks her for a description, but she keeps forgetting important details. First he finds her a cat, then a dog, and then her sheep. He asks her how many she had, but she says she wouldn't dare try to count them. He starts counting them himself, then falls asleep.
(First: Episode 1964)
Cartoon E for Elephant & Elk, the nominees for best E animal.
(First: Episode 0486)
Cast Gordon preaches the importance of rain as it starts to do so in his office.
(First: Episode 1578)
Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a rabbit.
(First: Episode 0630)
Cartoon A toothbrush talks to a mouth about what could happen if not taken care of.
(First: Episode 1476)
Muppets "Do De Rubber Duck"
(First: Episode 2304)
Cartoon "You know what it's like to be scared?"
(First: Episode 0547)

SCENE 5 The professor wakes up from his nap, and suddenly says he's starting to hear music ... which turns out to be the closing theme music. He explains why he's such a good listener: "I close my eyes, concentrate, and I have ears the size of hockey sticks!" Bob announces the sponsors.

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